Reverse Irish Chain

Here is the second quilt made from the Beatrix Potter fat quarter collection. It’s an Irish Chain, but reversed so that the cream fabric makes the chain and the coloured fabrics are the majority of the quilt.

Once again I used a scrappy binding, and quilted with a mixture of the walking foot and free motion. Finished blocks are 9 1/2 inches, with a 3 inch border. It was much easier maintaining accuracy with the larger blocks.

As I finished piecing the quilt top I realized there was still quite a bit of leftover fabric, so I came up with a personal challenge: to use every last piece of the collection in as many designs as possible. In this case, I think two more baby quilts are possible. Not bad for a collection of 11 fat quarters, some plain cream fabric, and a small amount of coordinating fabric from my stash.

Honeybees Irish Chain Quilt

I bought a beautiful collection of honeybee themed fabric last fall when I was in Alberta, at Addie’s Creative Fabrics in Cochrane. I thought for many months about the fabric and how I would like to use it, and finally decided on an Irish Chain. I believe this pattern is a triple Irish Chain. As it got closer to cutting time I added a few more fabrics to brighten the overall effect (the bright greens and yellows).

I took every possible measure to ensure accuracy because of the many small pieces: cutting with the rotary cutter, strip piecing in manageable lengths, using the quarter inch piecing foot, and pressing the seams so that they would nest. Thanks goodness I did all that, because it was still very difficult to get my corners to match, and my quilt top to lie flat. I think the large plain sections have a different amount of stretch to them as compared to the blocks with many seams, and that was the cause of my frustration.

I quilted the quilt in an all over pattern of chevrons (note to self – very time consuming for a queen size quilt), with straight lines around the border. As you can see from the picture Pippi the cat is already enjoying the quilt.

I still have some unfinished objects to complete, but I have been sidetracked by some adorable Beatrix Potter fabric that I want to work on next.